Ronald Anthony Sandoval, 72, passed away May 2, 2016. He was born in
Denver, CO on Dec. 2, 1943, son of the late Eugene and Cecelia Sandoval. He was also
predeceased by three siblings, Nina Rogers, Edward Sandoval, and Mercy Welbourn all of
Ron was retired from the U.S. Navy as a Chief Petty Officer after 20 yrs. of service. He then
retired from Booden Prosthetics and Orthopedics in Norfolk. He proudly served as an umpire for
little league baseball in Tidewater for approx. 30 yrs. He was fondly known as, “Mr. Miyagi”
and “Old Ump” by the many young baseball players and their families. Ron was also a major
Broncos Football fan and was overjoyed to see them win the Super Bowl this year.
Ron is survived by his wife, Valerie Sandoval, his son Steve Sandoval and wife Amy of Virginia
Beach, his daughter, Kelly Smola and husband Edward of Telford, PA and grandchildren Olivia
Sandoval and Gabriel Smola. He is also survived by stepchildren, Richard Braun and wife
Michelle of Virginia Beach and Shelly Hogbin and husband, Brian of Bristow, VA and their
children Madelynn and Morgan Braun and Sydney, Cole, and Connor Hogbin.
The family expresses a huge thank you to Ruth’s Care for their loving care of Ron the last few
weeks of his life.
A Memorial Mass of the resurrection will be held at 1:00 PM, Thursday May 19 at Church of the
Ascension Catholic Church, Virginia Beach, VA. followed by military honors and a reception.
Donations in Ron’s memory will be appreciated by Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters
(Halo Fund), Plaza Little League of VA Beach, or charity of choice.